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    reveal's Daily Trivia 6.12.19

    Castoreum is a vanilla-flavored food additive used in baked goods and other products. Where does castoreum come from?
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    Castor beans?
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    Beaver butt glands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Palaralae View Post
    Beaver butt glands.
    OMG. Thank god I buy vanilla beans whole so I know the source. I just found this little tidbit while checking Para's response. Boiled beetles? Whoa. https://www.organics.org/11-disgusti...-in-your-food/
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiningbrow View Post
    OMG. Thank god I buy vanilla beans whole so I know the source. I just found this little tidbit while checking Para's response. Boiled beetles? Whoa. https://www.organics.org/11-disgusti...-in-your-food/
    *shrugs* It all depends on where you draw the line between 'natural' and 'disgusting', I suppose. The cochineal female beetle (I also use it as a dyestuff and grind my own beetles for Extra Witchy Points) was/is used as the main ingredient in one of the "Red #s" (5? 10?) for a number of years. All the beetles do is suck cactus, so it's not like they're cockroaches or anything.

    I think that article was a bit on the alarmist dipshittery side. Rennet has been used for thousands of years to make cheese, and it was usually calf stomach. Vegetable rennet doesn't curdle milk as well. And lanolin isn't "disgusting", it's one of the best emollients I've ever run across. I don't know of anything else that makes my hands smoother than a day of washing/handling raw fleece. It's just an animal-based lipid, nothing to get terribly excited about.

    Dark the stars and dark the moon
    Hush the night and the morning loon
    Tell the horses and beat on your drum
    Gone their master, gone their son.

    Dark the oceans, dark the sky
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    Tell the salt marsh and beat on your drum
    Gone their master, gone their son.


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    I used to buy a French toothpaste that used cochineal dye that was supposed to dye your gums a deeper red so your teeth would look brighter. It's called Email Diamant (diamond enamel). It had a bullfighter in full dress on the box singing "Prenez prenez mon dentifrice" It's a decent toothpaste but not so easy to obtain in the U.S.j

    The beetles depicted in the article were not cochineal beetles. I just like pure vanilla and the source is important to me as I use it a lot in cooking, mostly from vanilla beans. The idea of beaver butt glands instead of that lovely plant part is a bit off putting. I'm sure I eat that extract all the time in various foodstuffs. We're just conditioned to abhor mixing the processes of elimination with those of consumption. My bird thinks nothing of coprophagia. I'm not much on that, but I wouldn't refuse a good John Waters movie, on the other hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiningbrow View Post
    The beetles depicted in the article were not cochineal beetles.
    Pictorally, no. Written-description, yes. Carmine comes from cochineal bugs.

    Dark the stars and dark the moon
    Hush the night and the morning loon
    Tell the horses and beat on your drum
    Gone their master, gone their son.

    Dark the oceans, dark the sky
    Hush the whales and the ocean tide
    Tell the salt marsh and beat on your drum
    Gone their master, gone their son.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Palaralae View Post
    Beaver butt glands.
    Correct!

    The anal gland of beavers. Because if comes straight from beavers, it can be listed as “natural flavoring” on food packaging. But don’t worry – the substance is hard to procure and therefore quite expensive, so chances of consuming it are actually pretty slim.
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    I knew this because it's also used in commercial attractant scents for trapping and stuff.

    Dark the stars and dark the moon
    Hush the night and the morning loon
    Tell the horses and beat on your drum
    Gone their master, gone their son.

    Dark the oceans, dark the sky
    Hush the whales and the ocean tide
    Tell the salt marsh and beat on your drum
    Gone their master, gone their son.


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